The first official mintage of the large cent was in 1793, and its production continued until 1857, when it was officially replaced by the modern-size one-cent coin. Robert Scot redesigned the whole of United States coinage for 1796, applying a new design featuring a bust of Liberty wearing a drapery at the neckline and a ribbon in her flowing hair. The Draped Bust Large Cent represented the fourth design for the denomination and replaced the previous Liberty Cap Cent.

• The new obverse was paired with three different reverses (Reverse of 1794, Reverse of 1795, and a new reverse that would continue through 1807).
• 1796 cents also include a LIHERTY obverse (the "H" is actually a B over inverted B) and a stemless reverse.
• 1797 large cents are found with normal and stemless reverses, gripped and plain edges.
• The first overdate of the type occurred in 1798 when the 8 over 7 variety appears. Minor changes were made to Liberty's hair in 1798 for cosmetic reasons.
• 1799 is the rarest date of the series and includes both normal and 1799/8 varieties.
• 1800 includes two overdates: 1800/1798 and 1800 80 over 79.
• The 1801 "Three Errors" reverse includes a fraction that reads 1/000, a wreath that has only one stem, and the U of UNITED is made with two capital I's. Another 1801 error shows the fraction as 1/000 with the first 0 corrected to a 1.
• 1802 had some varieties have a stemless wreath or a fraction that reads 1/000.
• 1803 includes a stemless variety, a corrected fraction, and different combinations of Large and Small dates with Large and Small fractions (the rarest being the Large Date/Small Fraction variety).
• 1804 is another rare year in this series. An odd, private restrike combines an 1804 obverse die (corrected from 1803) with a reverse of an 1820 cent.
• 1807 boasts a pair of overdates: the one with the Small 1807/6 being an especially rare variety. Also included in 1807 are Large and Small Fractions and a "Comet" variety that shows a long die break behind Liberty's head that looks like a comet streaking through the skies.

In 1808, John Rech's Classic Head design replaced the Draped Bust type.


Depicts Liberty facing to the right, inscription above and date below. As the series name implies, her bust is draped, while her lightly curled hair is bound by a ribbon.

Scot is believed to have based his rendition of Liberty on a painting of Ann Willing Bingham by Gilbert Stuart.



Denomination expressed as ONE CENT within an olive wreath seen in the centre. For the many Americans of the time period who could not read, the denomination is also given as 1/100, with the numbers separated by a horizontal fraction bar. The inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is around, placed close to the rim.



1 Cent

Draped Bust Large Cent
KM# 22
Material Copper
Weight 10.89 g
Diameter 29 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Philadelphia Mint (no mintmark)

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